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January 15, 2010

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John Salmon

The Roulette period! For the legions of Maynard skeptics out there, they need to hear how great the charts, bands, and MF himself (showing off all his multi-instrumentalist skills) were during this period.

Good to see Freedman's still around.

Keith Fiala

Great tune! And even better yet, the 2004 tribute (Stratospheric) was amazing! I remember this tune being performed!

Keith Fiala

Bruce Armstrong

Thanks for the wonderful interview with Bob Freedman. He is a real jazz hero of mine. "And We Listened" grabbed me the first time I heard the recording in high school. I immediately marked Bob Freedman's name for future reference. I was just starting to learn to orchestrate and his ensemble voicings for Maynard's small big-band were very compelling. "Message From Newport" is one of my all-time favorites. Slide Hampton's "Slide's Dearrangement" and "Frame for the Blues" on that same LP are also standouts. That was a golden time for Maynard's band. I feel fortunate to have seen it in person a few years later.

Rob

And we Listened is not only one of my alltime favorite solos of Maynard, but is also one of my favorite compositions and arrangements. Freedman really did a great job getting the most of the band and Maynard's sound. It's cool knowing how they slowed down the tempo to record the chart - and Freedman was really happy with the result. SUCCESS.

http://trumpetsearch.com/maynard-ferguson

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